Chabad is the center of Jewish life on campus

By Rabbi Dovid Tiechtel

Rabbi Dovid is the executive director of the Chabad Jewish Student Center

The Chabad Jewish Student Center, located in the heart of Campustown on Fourth Street one block north of Green Street, is your one-stop shop for Jewish campus life.

From services to education, parties to community services, everywhere and anywhere on campus – in the residence halls or Greek houses, on the Quad or in the Union – you will find a Chabad event.

Since its inception at the University of Illinois just four short years ago, Chabad has grown from a one-bedroom apartment in Urbana to a large facility in the center of campus. Students from all walks of life come to Chabad for a plethora of activities, whether it’s to sample our classes, partake in our barbecues or to attend our events.

Many are attracted to the unique environment and attitude of Chabad. We are welcoming of all, regardless of background or affiliation. At Chabad, a Jew is a Jew. Period.

Additionally, Chabad has a unique homey environment, thanks to the efforts of co-directors Rabbi Dovid and Goldie Tiechtel. You may even bump into one of their kids lending a hand or a smile.

In fact, it’s their friendliness and open-minded attitude that attracts so many. In addition to directing all aspects of Chabad, Rabbi Dovid and Goldie are always available for advice, to schmooze or to offer a listening ear.

The actual events, though, are led by a student leadership board, which plans and implements all that happens. Chabad is, above all, for the students and by the students.

The highlight of each week is a Friday night dinner that attracts dozens of students each week. A five-course home-cooked dinner is served while people sit and socialize, celebrating Shabbat and the culmination of another week. Chabad also offers a Lunch ‘n Learn in the Union in addition to many great classes throughout the week. There are also tons of great social events, like barbeques and midnight breakfasts.

Chabad has a very close relationship with the Greek system and all the Jewish Houses on campus, hosting events with each house.

In conjunction with Taglit-birthright Israel, Chabad offers free trips to Israel. There’s also an incredible alternative Spring Break trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In a nutshell, Chabad is a place to turn to in time of need, in time of joy and for all Jewish needs.

Chabad is your home away from home.

For more information on Chabad, visit their Web site at

E-mail Rabbi Dovid at [email protected] or call 217-355-TORA (8672).